Amy C Watson, PhD is an Associate Professor at the Jane Addams College of Social Work, University of Illinois at Chicago. Dr. Watson is the former Project Director of Chicago Consortium for Stigma Research (CCSR), an interdisciplinary group of researchers dedicated to studying mental illness stigma, led by Dr. Corrigan. She has been involved in research on models of public stigma, self stigma and stigma change strategies. She has also conducted research on the interface of the mental health and criminal justice systems and factors influencing how individuals with mental illness are processed by these systems. This work has included examining police officer attitudes about persons with mental illnesses, the experiences of persons with mental illnesses in police encounters, and the Crisis Intervention Team model of police response. She was recently awarded the John M. Davis, MD Researcher of the Year Award from NAMI of Greater Chicago.
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Corrigan, P.W. & Watson, A.C. (2002). The paradox of self-stigma and mental illness. Clinical Psychology: Science and Practice,9, 35-53.
Watson, Amy C., & Angell, B. (2007). Applying procedural justice theory to lawenforcement' s response to persons with mental illness. Psychiatric Services, 58:6, 787-793.
Corrigan, Patrick and Amy Watson. 2007. “The Stigma of Psychiatric Disorders and the Gender, Ethnicity and Education of the Perceiver”. Community Mental Health Journal 43:439-458.
Watson AC, Angell B, Morabito MS, & Robinson N.(2008)Defying negative expectations: Dimensions of fair and respectful treatment by police officers as perceived by people with mental illness. Administration & Policy in Mental Health & Mental Health Services Research. 35, 449-457.
Watson AC Morabito MS, Draine J, Ottati V. (2008) Improving police response to persons with mental illness: A multi-level conceptualization of CIT. International Journal of Law & Psychiatry. 31, 359-368.
Watson AC, Kelly B & Vidalon T (2009). Examining the meaning attached to mental illness and mental health services among justice system involved youth and their parents. Qualitative Health Research, 19 (8) 1087-1099.
Watson, A.C, Ottati, V.C., Morabito, M., Draine, J., Kerr, A.N., Angell,B. (2010). Outcomes of police contacts with persons with mental illness: The impact of CIT. Administration and Policy in Mental Health and Mental Health Services Research. Vol 37 (4) p302-317. DOI10.107/s10488-009-0236-9.
Watson, AC, Angell, B, Vidalon, T, Davis, K (2010) Measuring Perceived Procedural Justice and Coercion among Persons with Mental Illness in Police Encounters: The Police Contact Experience Scale. Journal of Community Psychology, 38, 2, 206-226.
Watson, AC & Eack, SM (2010). Oppression and Stigma and its Effects. Chapter 2 in N. Heller ahd A. Gitterman (eds.) Mental Health and Social Problems. Routledge, 21-43.
Canada, K, Angell, B, Watson, AC (in press). Intervening at the Entry Point: Differences in How CIT Trained and Non-CIT Trained Officers Describe Responding to Mental Health-Related Calls. Community Mental Health Journal.
Watson, A.C., Ottati, V.C., Draine, J.N., Morabito, m. (in press) CIT in context: The Impact of mental health resource availability and district saturation on call outcomes. International Journal of Law and Psychiatry